Megyn Kelly on How Her ‘Budding Feminist’ Daughter Feels About Mom Covering the Royal Wedding

Megyn Kelly is heading across the pond to cover the royal wedding with NBC — and her 7-year-old daughter had quite the reaction when she heard the news.

The Today show anchor, 47, tells PEOPLE exclusively that her daughter Yardley Evans was initially “a little disappointed,” since it means Kelly has to miss her recital.

“Yardley has her own performance that she would like me to be at this Friday, and Mom had to explain that there’s something else I’ve got to do,” says the mother of three. “It was actually kind of cute because then she gave me the most adorable little soliloquy on how she does not want to marry a prince because she wants to be in control of her own life. She’s 7!”

“She wants to make her own decisions and she doesn’t want someone telling her that she can only eat with her left hand and never the right,” adds Kelly with a laugh.

“She says, ‘That’s her choice and that’s hers to make, I’m not judging her choice, but it wouldn’t be my choice.’ So unfortunately I’m missing Yardley’s recital, but I’ve also learned that I think I have a budding feminist in the house. She’s all about female empowerment.”

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As for how Kelly herself feels about the much-anticipated nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

“I’m excited,” she says. “What a fun assignment. I know from my history that depending on whatever journalist you’re talking to, they may have strong feelings for or against coverage of the royals. I’ve always been for. It’s a fun diversion, it always has been.”

“There’s something about them,” she continues. “Their lives are fascinating to us. And we here in America grew up reading stories about royalty and princesses and normal girls becoming princesses.”

Adds Kelly, “So whether you think that’s sexist or not, whatever your feelings about that, it’s an imprint that I think most American women have that makes it fascinating to me. So I’m looking forward to seeing one of our own, an American, become a princess.”

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And Kelly — who also shares sons Thatcher Bray, 4½, and Edward Yates, 8½, with husband Doug Brunt — admits she’s a fan of the princess bride.

“She seems awesome,” she raves of Markle, 36. “What I like about her is that she seems so far to have carried herself with dignity … in the face of some controversies that are not of her own making. To me, she emanates joy and she hasn’t yet lost that and I hope she doesn’t.”

The trip will also be Kelly’s first time heading abroad with her Today show family, including Savannah Guthrie, Hoda …read more

Source:: People


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